Aircraft Type and Background
RN Westland Sea King HU.5 / XV699
Sea King recognition (photo / diagram).
Equipped with two Rolls-Royce Gnome turboshaft engines, the Westland Sea King HAR3 helicopter entered service with the RAF in 1978. It has a maximum speed of 125 knots, and is designed to carry a crew of four. Its maximum altitude is 10,000ft.
The HAR3 Sea King is specially equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR) duties, with advanced avionics including satellite navigation, radar and radio. Later variants have an extended cabin, additional fuel carrying capabilities, and extra observation windows.
The HU.5 variant featured on this page belonged to a group of surplus HAS.5 ASW helicopters converted into utility role for the Royal Navy.
Aircraft Accident Details
Aircraft Crew Survivors
It is believed that the crew of this aircraft escaped serious injury. Unfortunately, however, their names are not known.
Crash Site Photo
BELOW: The Royal Navy Westland Sea King helicopter XV699 on a hillside near Bridge of Orchy.
This helicopter was subsequently recovered, repaired and returned to active service. More recently, however, XV699 was demobbed and placed in storage.
Photo: © 1998-2014 Neil Daniel
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 19 Apr 1998
Bridge of Orchy (hills east of)
Nearest road: A82
(In vicinity of West Highland Way)
Region: Argyll and Bute (Argyll)
Nearest towns or villages:
Nearest larger towns:
None in the immediate vicinity.
OS Grid Ref: N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: Aircraft recovered and repaired.
Registration or Serial: XV699.
Operating Station: RNAS Prestwick / HMS Gannet.
Station Location: Prestwick, Ayrshire.
Current Station Status: Operational Military Airport.
Current Station Name: HMS Gannet
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Westland Sea King XV699
Bridge of Orchy, Argyll